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Next @ATHENECOMMS debate – future of the NHS

With the general election taking place in May, people are beginning to weigh up all the options for where their vote will go. A BBC/Populus poll has recently suggested the NHS is the most important issue to be covered by the news ahead of the election. Never a company to sit on the sidelines, Athene Communications has organised a debate event (March 24) to discuss the controversial issue of the future of the NHS. This follows previous successful debates on press freedom (at the time of the Leveson Inquiry) and on Peterborough’s environmental aspirations in a time of austerity. The debate will take place on Tuesday 24th March at the[…]

Schoolboy learning

A “..weak commitment from David Cameron and the Conservatives..” – FOWER

A Conservative majority government would slash funding for pre-school and higher education by more than £3.1bn a year, by 2020, Liberal Democrat research reveals. The Prime Minister has said that his party would freeze per pupil funding at state schools in England over the course of the next Parliament, a cut in real terms. The Conservatives would not maintain the early years education budget or the Department for Education‘s 16-19 education budget. Conservative Government would need to slash £0.9bn a year from pre-school education and £2.2bn a year from 16-19 education by 2020. Also raises questions over the future of the £2.5bn Pupil Premium, which is money targeted at the[…]

The Green Book: New Directions for Liberals in Government

Leading Lib Dems call for policies to attract green minded voters

This document, talks about how to increase living standards, improve quality of life and future-proof the economy, lays out a comprehensive set of proposals for the policies the Liberal Democrats should look to adopt and campaign on to retain and increase support among green-minded voters. Containing over 150 detailed proposals, the authors identify three big outcomes from the ‘green growth’ approach: a better economy, for all – low carbon, resource efficient and high skill, with a better balance between industry sectors and regions of the country and with government planning for the long term; a ‘war on waste’ – to lower costs for householders, businesses and consumers and generate greater business efficiency; better places to live – with[…]

Leading city Labour activist defects to the Greens?

A well known local activist may well have dealt a bit of a blow to the Peterborough Labour Party’s General Election plans? As the local Labour Party spends time and money trying to promote a unified image to the electorate, in the build up to the general to the 7th May 2015, one of their former candidates and well known activists is now publicly supporting …………. the Green Party! Most people know there’s already a clear divide amongst the Labour Group on Peterborough City Council, mainly between Cllr Khan and Cllr Murphy, but now Nicola Day (pictured) who stood as a Labour Party candidate and just missed out on being elected[…]

Peterborough UKIP

UKIP add Peterborough as target seat for May 2015 General Election

Should Peterborough Tories be worried? Following the UK Independence party securing their second MP in Rochester and Strood, reports suggest that they now have their sights on our city? Over the last few decades, Peterborough has swung, between Labour and the Conservatives, when it comes to electing their Member for Parliament, so could there really be a change? After the latest by-election, Peterborough’s present Tory MP, “Smiley” Jackson tweeted that Mark Reckless would be “gone in May” and earlier tweeted: “Any Tory MP who defects to Ukip on the basis of the result in Rochester and Strood (whatever it is) would frankly be completely insane.” Asked about Jackson’s tweet, Farage[…]

LIB DEMs REALLY do cause Tory MP 4 Peterborough anxiety! :)

It looks like the Tory MP for Peterborough is getting a bit stressed out by Lib Dems …….again! It seems that the LIB DEMS have – rightfully – decided to stick with the present constituency boundaries, with one BBC report claiming “..Conservatives are to start selecting candidates in existing Parliamentary constituencies, despite insisting the boundaries should be redrawn before the next election.” If the boundaries are NOT changed….. then come the next election, the present Tory MP may find he’ll have to fight to be re-elected rather than look forwarded to re-election as a result of additional village voters being added to the constituency! #Shame